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Puple Heron at Ranthambore

Puple Heron at Ranthambore
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-12 8:53
Viewed: 3491
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photograph at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. I have cropped the image to squarish frame.


The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, common throughout southern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa.

This species breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs or insects with its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.

The Purple Heron is a large bird, standing 80 cm tall, and it has a 120 cm wingspan. It is somewhat smaller than Grey Heron, from which it can be distinguishes by its darker reddish-brown plumage, and, in adults, darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight.

The call is a loud croaking "krek".

The Purple heron is a likely basis for the Egyptian phoenix, or bennu, which means purple heron.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-12 9:09]

Hi Subhash,
a very nice catch.
Excellent POV to play this very beautiful picture.
Very good and the description provided, congratulations.
Have a nice evening,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-12 10:01]

Hello Subhash
What a lovely Purple heron!
Great details and colors in this great shot of you.

hello Subhash

a beautiful photo of the Purple Heron on his natural habitat,
fine POV, fine focus trough the grasses with excellent details,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-12 14:25]

Hi Subhash,the pic isn't the top of quality but it's a great capture of this rare heron whit this nice and beautifuls colors.A beautiful contribution for TN...My greats compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hi Subhash,
I see your interest to shoot birds given the oppurtunity, here you could not quite get it in focus and even if the bird is in the bush, you should give enough space for leg area for our presumption is what I feel.

Hi Subhash,
Very good catch and nice natural colors...
Wonderful picture...Well done. Tfs.
Kind regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-01 15:33]

Hello Subhash! A very nice image of that Heron! I like the surroundings too. A bit of movement blur on the head but a great image nonetheless! Well done!


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